Maya Efrati

Legal Fellow

Maya Efrati

Maya Efrati focuses on exploring different innovations and reforms which could revitalize the American voting system, in effective advocacy and implementation form. She has studied and worked on issues related to government accountability and democracy, including campaign finance, criminal justice reform, and other civil rights issues.

Maya graduated with a B.A. in Government, with a focus on Security Studies, from The Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya (Israel) in June 2011. She earned a J.D. and an M.P.P. from The University of Michigan Law School and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, respectively, in May 2016. Maya previously worked at the Peres Center for Peace in Israel, on a large Congressional campaign in the Los Angeles, California area doing local political outreach and campaign field work, with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME Council 36), with the Michigan Innocence Clinic, assisting in the post-conviction defense of clients who were actually innocent of the crimes of which they were convicted, and at the Center for American Progress, serving as a law clerk to the Legal Progress team and focusing largely on campaign finance, criminal justice reform, and the judicial vacancy and nominations process. While at Michigan, Maya was an editor for the Michigan Journal of Public Affairs, and completed her final (Capstone) project on the impact of campaign finance reform through Small Donor Match initiatives.

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Posts by Maya Efrati

Bill to Restore the Voting Rights Act Introduced

Posted on June 22, 2017

In 2013, the Supreme Court nullified a much-needed part of the VRA in Shelby County v. Holder. Today, the Voting Rights Advancement Act was reintroduced in Congress. The bill would restore Section 5 of the VRA, establishing a new formula for determining which states would be covered.

Illinois Legislature Unanimously Passes Automatic Voter Registration

Posted on May 30, 2017

Today, the Illinois state house of representatives passed a bill for automatic voter registration 115 to 0. That follows a vote of the state senate where it passed 48 to 0. The bill now goes to the governor for his signature, which will make Illinois the ninth state to adopt automatic voter registration.

Local Elections in Texas Demonstrate the Power - and Limits - of Cumulative Voting Rights

Posted on May 19, 2017

On May 6th, voters in more than 50 Texas jurisdictions went to the polls to elect local representatives with cumulative voting rights. Cumulative voting, a form of fair representation voting, has been successful in empowering racial and ethnic minority voters in Texas, but this year’s election demonstrated its limitations as well.

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